From isolation to application: a case study of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi of the Arabian Peninsula
JournalArticle (Originalarbeit in einer wissenschaftlichen Zeitschrift)
ID 4647162
Author(s) Al-Yahya'ei, Mohamed N.; Blaszkowski, Janusz; Al-Hashmi, Hamood; Al-Farsi, Khaled; Al-Rashdi, Ismail; Patzelt, Annette; Boller, Thomas; Wiemken, Andres; Symanczik, Sarah
Author(s) at UniBasel Boller, Thomas
Year 2022
Title From isolation to application: a case study of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi of the Arabian Peninsula
Volume 86
Number 1
Pages / Article-Number 123-132
Keywords Date palm; Desert ecosystem; Mycorrhizal symbiosis; Oman; Native plants
Abstract The vegetation in the Arabian Peninsula experiences drought, heat, soil salinity, and low fertility, mainly due to low phosphorus (P) availability. The beneficial mycorrhizal symbiosis between plants and arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) is a key factor supporting plant growth under such environmental conditions. Therefore, AMF strains isolated from these soils might be useful as biotechnological tools for agriculture and revegetation practices in the region. Here we present a pioneering program to isolate, identify, and apply AMF isolated from rhizosphere soils of agricultural and natural habitats, namely date palm plantations and five native desert plants, respectively in the Southern Arabian Peninsula. We established taxonomically unique AMF species as single-spore cultures as part of an expanding collection of AMF strains adapted to arid ecosystems. Preliminary experiments were conducted to evaluate the abilities of these AMF strains to promote seedling growth of a main crop Phoenix dactylifera L. and a common plant Prosopis cineraria L. (Druce) in the Arabian Peninsula. The results showed that inoculation with certain AMF species enhanced the growth of both plants, highlighting the potential of these fungi as part of sustainable land use practices in this region.
ISSN/ISBN 0334-5114 ; 1878-7665
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Digital Object Identifier DOI 10.1007/s13199-021-00824-x
PubMed ID
ISI-Number 000728773800001
Document type (ISI) Journal Article

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